Junior Rugby League is enjoyed by boys and girls. From under sevens up to the under 11 age group the teams are mixed with boys and girls playing together.
The age groups at Rugby League clubs run from under seven all the way up to under 18.
Community clubs have trained coaches and dedicated Child Welfare Officers to help ensure that children and young people have a rewarding experience as they start, stay and succeed in the game.
A growing number of clubs offer girl's teams.
Some young people have their first experience of the game at school, through opportunities including Sky Try or Champion Schools, and then go on to explore playing opportunities in a local community club.
Find out more about your local club with the Rugby League Finder.
Safeguarding guidance for Children and Young people in Rugby League can be found here
|Age Group||True Age Range||Plus Extra Age Range|
|Under 7's (NWC 8-12)||6th Birthday - 31.8.13|
|Under 7 (5 year olds Y1)*||1.09.12 - 31.08.12||1.9.13 - 31.08.14|
|Under 8's||1.9.11 – 31.8.12||1.9.12 – 31.8.13|
|Under 9's||1.9.10 – 31.8.11||1.9.11 – 31.8.12|
|Under 10's||1.9.09 – 31.8.10||1.9.10 – 31.8.11|
|Under 11's||1.9.08 – 31.8.09||1.9.09 – 31.8.10|
|Under 12's||1.9.07 – 31.8.08||1.9.08 – 31.8.09|
|Under 13's||1.9.06 – 31.8.07||1.9.07 – 31.8.08|
|Under 14's||1.9.05 – 31.8.06||1.9.06 – 31.8.07|
|Under 15's||1.9.04 - 31.8.05||1.9.05 - 31.8.06|
|Under 16's||1.9.03 - 31.8.04||1.9.04 - 31.8.05|
|Under 17's||1.9.02 - 31.8.01||1.9.03 - 31.8.04|
|Under 18's||1.9.01 - 31.8.02||1.9.02 - 31.8.03|
Players can either play for their true age group or one-year up if their date of birth falls in the extra age range category.
* For those Leagues that permit - A child can register to play Rugby League, with a team when they enter Year 1 at school, however that child cannot start playing in matches until either the earliest of the following occurrences; a) the child has reached his 6th birthday or; b) the March of Year 1.